FRANK VETRO is an Italian American residing in eastern Long Island. His family came to the United States so their children could have the education and opportunity they never had. In living out his family's American dream he pursued a career in education. He graduated in 1995 and began his career as a HS science teacher. In 1998 he received his MA and from 1998-2000 he earned 90 credits in educational pedagogy. In 2003 Frank became certified as a School Business and School District Administrator and quickly advanced to MS and HS principal in Hampton Bays, NY. In February 2006 his promising future came to a screeching halt.
After reporting potential child abuse in an educational setting Frank was arrested and thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He lost his career, couldn't find employment for many years, and forced from his home and into his car. Acting as his own attorney he uncovered the disturbing truth regarding his arrest, fought his way back, and recreated his life.
He’s a school principal again, working with the judicial system and public schools on Long Island. He educates the underprivileged, youths in crisis, and others going through the judicial
system, needing a second chance. He authored “Standing on Principal” in hopes of spurring change and preventing future injustices. His book garnered national attention and lead two radio shows, “Standing on Principal” and “The Frank Vetro Show”. He co-founded WLINY radio and now co-hosts the AllFactUp Podcast.
Frank serves on a board for a not for profit that promotes racial harmony and assists youths in the growth of positive values. He’s interviewed nationwide, spoken at colleges and universities, and was honored for his contributions to helping those wrongfully convicted. He was chosen to receive a Legend Award in 2016, given “to those inspirational people who empower communities by example and selfless contributions.” His life story is included in a documentary that won a Humanitarian Award in 2018 and Best Feature Film in 2019.
KATHY COLE was born in Newark, New Jersey to Mary and John Friel. Losing her father in a tragic accident, when she was just three years old, Kathy’s life has never been easy. A few years later, Kathy and her younger brother Michael’s mother got remarried. They uprooted their life in Newark and moved to Bay Shore, Long Island. Her mother
later had three more children. Kathy was the oldest of five, born with a maternal instinct that will never fade. She graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1980 and four years later she married her high school sweetheart, Stephen Cole. They had five children, which Kathy refers to as her five greatest blessings.
Kathy started her journey into fighting injustice when she blew the whistle on the New York State Department of Education whose schools were not abiding by the laws created to keep the children of their state safe from gym door injuries. She has also advocated for victims of these injuries in other states and has helped to get legislation passed in Virginia to keep these tragedies from happening in their school system. She is currently on an advocacy board whose main goal is to set national standards for gym door safety.
Kathy is the creator of Whistleblower productions, LLC and has produced an award-winning Documentary titled Whistleblowers which is about the corruption and injustices she and others in the state of New York have discovered. Prior to this podcast, she hosted her own radio show with the same name to give listeners a chance to have a voice, as she knows all too well what it is like to ask for help and simply be ignored. She lives her life by the saying “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Although she has faced many hardships, she always tends to see the good in life.
Kathy stands up for what is right and will not let anyone bring her down, although many have tried. Her own family refers to her as Erin Brockovich. She is a one-of-a-kind person whose joy in life is helping others, whether it is advocating for gym door safety, rallying in Hempstead to empower young men of color, donating meals to homeless shelters, lobbying in Albany for teachers who have been bullied in their workplace, fighting for the rights of learning disabled students, standing up for children who were abused and don’t have a voice, or battling major corruption in all of New York State. Where she sees injustice she will always fight to expose it.